Happy New Year! We hope that you have had a lovely Christmas holiday and New Year. Thank you for all the generous and kind gifts and cards given.
We have begun learning addition and recognising the addition and equals sign. Please see enclosed addition activity worksheet and complete. Help your child to understand that addition means the answer will increase, as the number will get bigger. Continue to practice counting forwards and backwards, and asking your child what number is one more, one less, bigger and smaller.
IDL – Rights of the Child
We have started looking at the ‘Rights of the Child,’ this term. This looks at the UN policy on the Rights of Children around the world. We have discussed that every child around the world has the right to: clean water, shelter, food, air and play. Can you use the image in your child’s book bag and discuss what differences they see between their life and that of the children in the picture.
P.1A had a busy first week back from the holidays, but all clearly enjoyed catching up with their school-friends! We started learning about addition and 2D shapes in Maths, and started thinking about the topic of ‘rights’ and what they mean for children around the world. We also did some work on celebrating our differences, using the fantastic Dr Seuss story ‘The Sneetches’ as a stimulus.
We had great fun with Ms Ireland (our music teacher) playing the song ‘Donald Where’s Your Troosers’ with the Boomwhackers, and got to do a bit of typing practice with our buddies for ICT.
Here are some of our highlights:
I have enjoyed playing with my friends in the library.
I enjoyed playing on the computer with my Buddy upstairs.
I liked swinging on the ropes in P.E.
I have been playing Minecraft in the Library with my friends.
Swinging on the bars and climbing up them in P.E.
I most enjoyed typing on my buddy’s computer.
We have included more of the new sounds we have been learning in class. Please continue to complete a couple of activities from the phonics activity sheet and include the new sounds in it. We have added to the end of this block there for a couple of sounds may not be introduced until the end of this week but we are always keen to expose the children to new sounds whenever we can.
Please complete the symmetry sheet that we have provided. We have been learning about symmetry in class over the past few weeks and the children have been really confident when identify symmetrical pictures and have even made some of their own.
Your child should also have been issued with a permission slip for a visit to Musselburgh Library on the 12th OR 19th November. It is important we have these slips completed and returned as soon as possible, thank you.
Another busy week in P.1A saw the children learning the new sounds ‘f’, ‘e’ and ‘l’ in Phonics, creating a brand new Storyland character for Writing, beginning to learn about symmetry in Maths, and experimenting with different liquids to find out which is best to free a frozen teddy in Science!
Some of the highlights included:
I have enjoyed working on my sounds this week.
I enjoyed melting the ice around the teddy bears.
I remember the m sound best.
I liked playing in the kitchen.
I enjoyed creating a storybook character.
The parent consultation slips also went out for this Wednesday and Thursday- but some slips had to be corrected as they had the right time on the wrong day. Please double check with the school if in any doubt.
Here is the P.1 homework instructions for this week:
We have added a further set of sound flashcards to practise alongside the first set, and would encourage you to continue to use the short activities (provided last week) to test your child’s knowledge of the sounds. Once again, please be aware that some of these skills are really new to the children so they may not be overly confident with word building and blending yet.
You will find some finger-patterns flashcards to support your child’s learning in class last week. Simply cut up the cards and use them to help develop your child’s speed of recognition of the patterns and the corresponding number.
We are finishing our topic on Storyland in which we have completed activities on ‘The Tiger That Came To Tea’, ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’, ‘The Gruffalo’, ‘Elmer’ and ‘The Rainbow Fish’. Ask your child to tell you about the different stories, which one they liked best, and why.
There is also a little sheet about your child’s Wider Achievements that will form part of their Learning Story. Please follow the instructions on the sheet.
Also, just to mention that this will be the last homework before the October break, so please remind your children to bring their book-bags in.